• Brussoni, Mariana

    Titles
    Scientist Level 1, CFRI

    Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia

    Academic Scientist, BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit
    Director, BC Children's Hospital Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (CHIRPP)
    Degrees / Designations
    BA (Hon), MA, PhD
    Primary Area of Research
    Evidence to Innovation
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Phone
    604-875-3712
    Fax
    604-875-3569
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address
    BC Children's Hospital

    F511 - 4480 Oak Street
    Vancouver, BC  V6H 3V4

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Child injury prevention
    • Injury-related health inequalities
    • Injury surveillance
    • Aboriginal populations
    • Injury prevention in the family context
    • Gender-based analysis of injury
    • Injury policy indicators 
    Summary

    My research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of injury risk for high risk populations and developing evidence-based policies, programs and interventions that are relevant to their social, cultural and behavioural contexts.

    Current Projects
    CHILDS Play (Creating Health Inspiring Landscape Designed Spaces for Play) This research program examines children's need for risky outdoor play opportunities. We are currently conducting two studies within this program:
    1. The State of Play: Socio-ecological perspective on children’s outdoor play
      Funded by CIHR, this study research seeks to gain the perspective of children aged 10-13 years and their parents on why they are motivated - or not - to play outside. We will use children's and parents' perspectives to develop an index of the playability of outdoor environments - the extent to which a given environment is friendly for outdoor play. The playability index will be useful for designing our urban environments to meet children's needs and positively influence their health.
    2. Risky play meets nature play: The influence of outdoor play spaces and risky play on child development
      Funded by the UBC Hampton Fund, this study looks at how introducing risky play through the use of natural elements, such as plants and trees, influences children's development and well-being. This study arose from concerns that societal and parental attempts to keep children safe may have gone too far when it comes to children's opportunities to play, particularly outside
    3. Play worth remembering: Gaining public insights into memories of outdoor play spaces
      Funded by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, this research asks people to share memories about their favourite play spaces when they were children. We would like to engage the public in dialogue about what children's play was like when they were growing up to help reflect on how it has changed for children today.
    Canadian Fathers Study
    This project explores the following questions: 
    1. How are men's conceptions of fathering and their attitudes and practices related to childhood unintentional injury prevention influenced by dominant masculine ideals and other masculinities? 
    2. How do the gendered family and the co-construction of gender roles influence fathering as they relate to child unintentional injury prevention? 
    3. How does 'place' (geographic, cultural, societal and political) influence masculinities and gendered fathering related to child unintentional injury prevention?
    BC Burden of Injury Study
    To understand individual and contextual factors that affect injury rehabilitation across injury types; estimate quality of life changes from pre-injury to 12-months post-injury across different injury types; estimate personal costs, costs of health care service utilization, and costs to the economy and labour market.


    Injury in BC’s Aboriginal Communities: Building Capacity while Developing Knowledge
    To compare injury rates across aboriginal communities; explore risk and protective factors; and establish community-based injury surveillance for the development of culturally appropriate intervention strategies.

    Selected Publications

    Brussoni M, Jin A, George MA, Lalonde CE. 2014. Aboriginal community-level predictors of injury-related hospitalizations in british columbia, canada. Prev Sci. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-014-0503-1. PMID: 25023135

    George MA, Jin A, Brussoni M, Lalonde CE. 2015. Is the injury gap closing between the aboriginal and general populations of british columbia? Health Rep 26(1):3-14. PMID: 25606983

    Olsen LL, Oliffe JL, Brussoni M, Creighton G. 2015. Fathers' views on their financial situations, father-child activities, and preventing child injuries. Am J Mens Health 9(1):15-25. DOI: 10.1177/1557988313515699. PMID: 24334676

    Kruse S, Schneeberg A, Brussoni M. 2014. Construct validity and impact of mode of administration of the PedsQL inverted question mark among a pediatric injury population. Health Qual Life Outcomes 12(1):168. PMCID: PMC4255920. DOI: 10.1186/s12955-014-0168-2. PMID: 25433795

    Jin A, George MA, Brussoni M, Lalonde CE. 2014. Worker compensation injuries among the aboriginal population of british columbia, canada: Incidence, annual trends, and ecological analysis of risk markers, 1987-2010. BMC Public Health 14:710,2458-14-710. PMCID: PMC4107977. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-710. PMID: 25012161

    Lindsay H and Brussoni M. 2014. Injuries and helmet use related to non-motorized wheeled activities among pediatric patients. Chronic Dis Inj can 34(2-3):74-81. PMID: 24991770

    Ezzat A, Brussoni M, Schneeberg A, Jones SJ. 2014. 'Do as we say, not as we do:' a cross-sectional survey of injuries in injury prevention professionals. Inj Prev 20(3):172-6. DOI: 10.1136/injuryprev-2013-040913. PMID: 24065778

    Bell, N., Kruse, S., Simons, R. K., & Brussoni, M. (2014). A spatial analysis of functional outcomes and quality of life after pediatric injury. Injury Epidemiology, 1, 16. doi:  10.1186/s40621-014-0016-1

    Brussoni, M., Wong, K., Creighton, G., &  Olsen, L. L., (2014). Older motorcyclists as an emerging medical and public health concern. BC Medical Journal, 56, 402-406. 

    Brussoni, M., Gibbons, R., Gray, C., Ishikawa, T., Sandseter, E. B. H., Bienenstock, A., Chabot, G., Herrington, S., Janssen, I., Pickett, W., Power, M., Stranger, N., Sampson, M., & Tremblay, M. S. (In Press). What is the relationship between risky outdoor play and health in children? A systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. PMID: 23202675

    Gray, C., Gibbons, R., Larouche, R., Sandseter, E. B. H., Bienenstock, A., Brussoni, M., Chabot, G., Herrington, S., Janssen, I., Pickett, W., Power, M., Stranger, N., Sampson, M. S., & Tremblay, M. (In Press). What is the relationship between outdoor time and physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and physical fitness in children? A systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

    George, M. A., Jin, A., Brussoni, M., Lalonde, C., & McCormick, R. (In Press). Injury risk in British Columbia, Canada: Are Aboriginal children and youth over-represented? Injury Epidemiology.

    Brussoni, M., Brunelle, S., Pike, I., Sandseter, E. B. H., Herrington, S., Turner, H., Belair, S., Logan, L., Fuselli, P., Ball, D. J. Can child injury prevention include healthy risk promotion? Injury Prevention. [In press]. PMID: 25535208

    Creighton, G., Brussoni, M., Oliffe, J. L., & Olsen, L. L. Fathers on child’s play: Urban and rural Canadian perspectives. Men and Masculinities. [In press].

    Creighton, G., Brussoni, M., Oliffe, J., & Olsen, L. L. “It’s good for the kids”: Fathers consider risk and protection in their own and their children’s lives. Journal of Family Issues. [In press].

    Brussoni M, Jin A, George MA, Lalonde CE. 2014. Aboriginal community-level predictors of injury-related hospitalizations in british columbia, Canada. Prev Sci . PMID: 25023135. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-014-0503-1. PMID: 25023135

    Brussoni M, Brunelle S, Pike I, Sandseter EB, Herrington S, Turner H, Belair S, Logan L, Fuselli P, Ball DJ. 2014. Can child injury prevention include healthy risk promotion? Inj Prev. DOI: 10.1136/injuryprev-2014-041241. PMID: 25535208

    Ezzat A, Brussoni M, Schneeberg A, Jones SJ. 2014. 'Do as we say, not as we do:' a cross-sectional survey of injuries in injury prevention professionals. Inj Prev 20(3):172-6. DOI: 10.1136/injuryprev-2013-040913. PMID: 24065778

    Jin A, George MA, Brussoni M, Lalonde CE. 2014. Worker compensation injuries among the aboriginal population of british columbia, canada: Incidence, annual trends, and ecological analysis of risk markers, 1987-2010. BMC Public Health 14:710,2458-14-710. PMCID: PMC4107977. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-710. PMID: 25012161

    Kruse S, Schneeberg A, Brussoni M. 2014. Construct validity and impact of mode of administration of the PedsQL inverted question mark among a pediatric injury population. Health Qual Life Outcomes 12(1):168. PMCID: PMC4255920. DOI: 10.1186/s12955-014-0168-2. PMID: 25433795

    Lindsay H and Brussoni M. 2014. Injuries and helmet use related to non-motorized wheeled activities among pediatric patients. Chronic Dis Inj can 34(2-3):74-81. PMID: 24991770

    Olsen LL, Oliffe JL, Brussoni M, Creighton G. 2015. Fathers' views on their financial situations, father-child activities, and preventing child injuries. Am J Mens Health 9(1):15-25. DOI: 10.1177/1557988313515699. PMID: 24334676

    Bell, N., Kruse, S., Simons, R. K., & Brussoni, M. (2014). A spatial analysis of functional outcomes and quality of life after pediatric injury. Injury Epidemiology, 1, 16. doi:  10.1186/s40621-014-0016-1 (Available at:  http://www.injepijournal.com/content/1/1/16) 

    Creighton, G., Brussoni, M., Oliffe, J. L., & Olsen, L. L. (In Press). Fathers on child’s play: Urban and rural Canadian perspectives. Men and Masculinities.

    Brussoni, M., Gibbons, R., Gray, C., Ishikawa, T., Sandseter, E. B. H., Bienenstock, A., Chabot, G., Herrington, S., Janssen, I., Pickett, W., Power, M., Stranger, N., Sampson, M., & Tremblay, M. S. (In Press). What is the relationship between risky outdoor play and health in children? A systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. PMID: 23202675

    George, M. A., Jin, A., Brussoni, M., & Lalonde, C. (2015). Injury inequalities: Is the gap closing between Aboriginal and the general population in British Columbia? Health Reports, 26(1), 3-13.

    Olsen, L. L., Oliffe, J. L., Brussoni, M., & Creighton, G. (2015). Fathers’ views on their financial situations, father-child activities, and preventing child injuries. American Journal of Men’s Health, 9(1), 15-25. doi: 10.1177/1557988313515699. PubMed PMID: 24334676

    Kruse, S., Schneeberg, A., & Brussoni, M. (2014). Validity and reliability of the PedsQL™ among a pediatric injury population. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 12, 168.

    Brussoni, M., Wong, K., Creighton, G., &  Olsen, L. L., (2014). Older motorcyclists as an emerging medical and public health concern. BC Medical Journal, 56, 402-406. 

    Brussoni, M., Jin, A., George, M. A., & Lalonde, C. (2014). Aboriginal community-level predictors of injury-related hospitalization in British Columbia, Canada. Prevention Science, epub. doi: 10.1007/s11121-014-0503-1. PubMed PMID: 25023135

    Bell, N., Kruse, S., Simons, R. K., & Brussoni, M. (2014). A spatial analysis of functional outcomes and quality of life after pediatric injury. Injury Epidemiology, 1, 16. doi: 10.1186/s40621-014-0016-1.

    Jin, A., George, M. A., Brussoni, M., & Lalonde, C. (2014). Worker compensation injuries among the Aboriginal population of British Columbia, Canada: Incidence, annual trends, and ecological analysis of risk markers, 1987-2010. BMC Public Health, 14, 710. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-710. PMID: 25012161

    Lindsay, H., & Brussoni, M. (2014). Injuries and helmet use related to non-motorized wheeled activities in pediatric patients. Chronic Diseases and Injuries in Canada, 34, 74-81. PMID: 24991770

    Ezzat, A., Brussoni, M., Schneeberg, A., & Jones, S. (2014). “Do as we say, not as we do”: Injuries among injury prevention professionals. Injury Prevention, 20, 172-176. doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2013-040913. PubMed PMID: 24065778

    Brussoni, M., Kruse, S., & Walker, K. (2013). Validity and reliability of the EQ-5D-3L among a paediatric injury population. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 11, 157. doi: 10.1186/1477-7525-11-157. [Link to Journal] 

    Brussoni, M., Olsen, L. L., Creighton, G., & Oliffe, J. L. (2013). Heterosexual gender relations in and around childhood risk and safety. Qualitative Health Research, 23(10), 1388-1398. doi: 10.1177/1049732313505916. [PMID: 24043348] 

    Brussoni M, Olsen LL, Creighton G, Oliffe JL. Heterosexual gender relations in and around childhood risk and safety. Qual Health Res. 2013 Oct;23(10):1388-98. PMID: 24043348

    Brussoni M, Kruse S, Walker K. Validity and reliability of the EQ-5D-3L™ among a paediatric injury population. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2013 Sep 17;11:157. PMID: 24044624

    George MA, McCormick R, Lalonde CE, Jin A, Brussoni M. The RISC research project: injury in First Nations communities in British Columbia, Canada. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2013 Aug 5;72.  PMID: 23984303

    Lyons RA, Kendrick D, Towner EM, Coupland C, Hayes M, Christie N, Sleney J, Jones S, Kimberlee R, Rodgers SE, Turner S, Brussoni M, Vinogradova Y, Sarvotham T, Macey S. The advocacy for pedestrian safety study: cluster randomised trial evaluating a political advocacy approach to reduce pedestrian injuries in deprived communities. PLoS One. 2013;8(4):e60158. PMID: 23577088

    George MA, McCormick R, Lalonde CE, Jin A, Brussoni M. The RISC research project: injury in First Nations communities in British Columbia, Canada. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2013 Aug 5;72. PMID: 23984303

    Brussoni M, Olsen L. The perils of overprotective parenting: fathers’ perspectives explored. Child: Care, Health and Development. 2013 Mar;39(2):237-45. PMID: 22329576

    Olsen LL, Kruse S, Brussoni M. Unheard voices: A qualitative exploration on fathers’ access of child safety information. Journal of Community Health. 2013 Feb;38(1):187-94. PMID: 22875235

    Brussoni M, Creighton G, Olsen LL, Oliffe J. Men on Fathering in the Context of Children's Unintentional Injury Prevention. Am J Mens Health. 2013 Jan;7(1):77-86. PMID: 23065137

    Brussoni M, Olsen LL, Pike I, Sleet D. Risky Play and Children’s Safety: Balancing Priorities for Optimal Child Development. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2012 Aug 30;9(0):3134-48. PMID: 23202675

    Brussoni M, Olsen LL, Joshi P. Aboriginal Community-Centered Injury Surveillance: A Community-Based Participatory Process Evaluation. Prevention Science. 2012 Apr;13(2):107-17. PMID: 22138890

    Brussoni M, Olsen L. Striking a balance between risk and protection: Fathers’ attitudes and practices towards child injury prevention. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2011 Sep;32(7):491-8. PMID: 21516041

    Vincenten J, McKay M, Brussoni M, Towner E, Fuselli P. Child Safety Good Practice Guide: Canadian Edition. Toronto, ON: Safe Kids Canada. 2011.

    Christie N, Ward H, Kimberlee R, Lyons R, Towner E, Hayes M, Robertson S, Rana S and Brussoni M.: Road traffic injury risk in disadvantaged communities: Evaluation of the Neighbourhood Road Safety Initiative (NRSI): Final Report. UK: Department for Transport. 2010.

    Mytton J, Towner EML, Brussoni M, Gray S. Unintentional injuries in school-aged children: lessons from a systematic review of cohort studies. Inj Prev. 2009;15:111-124. PMID: 19346424

    Brussoni M, Olsen L, Joshi P, Auer A, Dobmeier T. Secwepemc Nation Injury Surveillance Project evaluation report. Kamloops, Canada: Qwemtsin Health Society. 2009.

    Mulvaney C, Kendrick D, Towner E, Brussoni M, Hayes M, Powell J, Robertson S. Fatal and non-fatal fire injuries in England 1005-2004: time trends and inequalities by age, sex and area deprivation. J Public Health. 2009 Mar;31(1):154-61. PMID: 19074453

    Brussoni, M. Celebrating 15 years of global networking with the International Society of Child & Adolescent Injury Prevention. Injury Prevention. 2008 Apr;14(2):141. PMID: 18388238

    Brussoni M, Olsen L, Joshi P, Auer A, Dobmeier T. Aboriginal Community Centered Injury Surveillance System (ACCISS) Data Management Tools Evaluation Report. Prepared for Q’wemtsin Health Society. Centre for Community Child Health Research. 2008. PMID: 22138890

    Lyons RA, Towner EML, Christie N, Kendrick D, Jones SJ, Hayes M, Kimberlee R, Sarvotham TS, Macey SM, Brussoni M, Sleney J, Coupland C, Phillips CJ. The Advocacy in Action Study: a cluster randomized controlled trial to reduce pedestrian injuries in deprived communities-a protocol. Inj Prev. 2008 Apr;14(2):136. PMID: 18388222

    Brussoni M, Towner E, Hayes M. Evidence into practice: Combining the art and science of injury prevention. Injury Prevention. 2006;12(6):373-7. PMID: 17170184

    Khambalia A, Joshi P, Brussoni M, Raina P, Morrongiello B, Macarthur C. (2006). Risk factors for unintentional injuries due to falls in children aged 0-6 years: A systematic review. Injury Prevention. 2006;12(6):378-381. PMID: 17170185

    Errington G, Athey K, Towner E, Dickinson H, Brussoni M, Hayes M, Millward L, Taske N. (2006). Interventions to prevent accidental injury to young people aged 15-24: Evidence briefing. London, UK: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

    Mackay M, Vincenten J, Brussoni M, Towner E. Child safety good practice guide: Good investments in unintentional child injury prevention and safety promotion.Amsterdam, Netherlands: European Child Safety Alliance. 2006.

    Brussoni M, Towner EML. Is it time to sound the death knell for smoke alarm promotion programmes? Evidence-Based Healthcare and Public Health. 2005;9:389-390.

    Chipman M, Desipriya E, Brussoni M, Han G, Gane J. (2005). The risk of injury and vehicle damage in intersection right-angle crashes. In SAE/SP-1938, Side Impact and Rollover (pp. 9-15). Warrendale, PA: Society of Automotive Engineers International.

    Desapriya EBR, Brussoni M, Pike I, Han G. The injury severity rate differences in passenger cars and pickup trucks related two vehicle crashes in British Columbia Canada. IA TSS Research. 2004;28(2):42-47.

    Desapriya EBR, Iwasa N, Pike I, Brussoni M, Papsdorf M. Child motor vehicle occupant and pedestrian casualties before and after enactment of Child Restraint Seats Legislation in Japan. Injury Control & Safety Promotion. 2004;11(4):225-230.PMID: 15903156

    Desapriya EBR, Iwasa N, Pike I, Brussoni M, Shimizu S, Belayneh T. International policies on alcohol impaired driving: Are legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limits in motorized countries compatible with scientific evidence? Japanese Journal of Alcohol and Drug Dependence. 2003 Apr;38(2):83-102. PMID: 12784660

    Iwasa N, Desapriya EBR, Brussoni M, Rajabali F, Han G. Child casualties before and after enactment of child restraint seats (CRS) legislation in Japan. IATSS Research. 2003;27(2):73-76. PMID 15903156

    Grants

    CIHR Planning Grant - PA: Gender, Sex and Health Research - Project: "Levelling the playing fields: Will the provision of risk and natural play opportunities provide more equitable playgrounds?"

    Honours & Awards
    • Category Champion Award, CST Inspired Minds Learning Project 2014
    • Peter Wall Research Mentorship Award  2013
    • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award 2009-2015
    • Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council Scholarship  1999-2000
    • University Graduate Fellowship (declined)  1999-2000
    • International Society for the Study of Interpersonal Relationships Travel Award  1996
    • B.C. Health Research Foundation Studentship  1996-1999
    • B.C. Health Research Foundation Studentship  1995-1996
    • Maunders McNeil Bursary  1993
    • Petro-Canada Scholarship  1990-1994
    Research Group Members
    • Gen Creighton – Researcher
    • Takuro Ishikawa – Student
    • Allison Ezzat – Student
    • Amy Schneeberg – Student
    • Sara Brunelle – Student
    • Matt Hanna – Student